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cinema, nature, ecology
the Department of Cinema and Media Studiesthe Franke Institute for the Humanitiesthe University of Chicago Arts Councilthe Humanities Division Graduate Student Councilthe Mass Culture Workshopthe Film Studies Center
support provided by:
Friday, April 3rd /5:30pm / Screening // “HIDE” / curated and introduced by
keynote speaker Hanna Rose Shell.
Saturday, April 4th 9:15–11:00am / Panel 1 // Imagination & RepresentationBrady Fletcher (University of Rochester), “Reel Animals: The Ethnographic
Impulse in Contemporary Environmental Nonfiction Film”Jim Supanick (Pratt Institute/The New School) “Experimental
Science Fiction and the Reimagination of Disaster: Steven Matheson’s Apple Grown in Wind Tunnel”
Graig Uhlin (New York University), “Sunshine, Herzog, and the Ecological Sublime”
Emily Carpenter and Katherine Chandler (University of California, Berkeley), “‘There’s Lots of World Out There’: Screen, Landscape, and Special Affect in WALL-E”
11:15am–12:45pm / Panel 2 // Performance & ParticipationCristie Ellis (Johns Hopkins University), “Absorption in the Urban
Montages of Whitman and Vertov”Emily Capper (University of Chicago), “Tele-Creatures: Nam June
Paik’s Television Work Circa 1963”Ken Yoshida (University of California, Irvine), “The Debates of
Environment in Postwar Japan”
2:00–3:30pm / Panel 3 // System, Energy, EcologyMichael Hirsch (European Graduate School), “It’s Not Easy Bein’
Green: Five Theses on Virilio’s Grey Ecology”Scott Richmond (University of Chicago), “What Does the Cinema
Afford? Or, an Ecological Approach to Cinematic Kinesthesis”James Nisbet (Stanford University), “PhotoEnergie and the
3:45–5:15pm / Panel 4 // Science, Shape, BecomingHank Scotch (University of Chicago), “Liquid Perception and the
American Avant-Garde”Rebekah Rutkoff (CUNY), “Plant Morphology and Experimental Film”Inga Pollmann (University of Chicago), “The Axolotl and the Cinema:
Bazin, Merleau-Ponty, and Evolution”
5:30pm / Keynote Address // “Predator-Prey: Cinema, Nature, Ecology”Hanna Rose Shell, Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows; Assistant Professor, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, MIT.
7:30pm / Screening // Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance
Cinema and Media Studies Graduate Student Conferencehttp://humanities.uchicago.edu/blogs/cinema-nature-ecology/
April 3 & 4, 2009at the Film Studies Center
University of ChicagoCobb 307
5811 S Ellis Ave